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DIRECTOR OF THE WASHINGTON NATIONAL PRIMATE CENTER
University of Washington in Seattle, Washington
 
 
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Date Posted 01/29/2021
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Application Deadline Open until filled
 
 
 
 
 

Outstanding interpersonal communication skills, creativity, energy, and flexibility.

Washington National Primate Research Center website: https://www.wanprc.org/
The mission of the WaNPRC, in conjunction with the six other national primate research centers, is to provide an environment that supports outstanding biomedical research directed toward significant human health issues and nonhuman primate health and biology. The significance of the WaNPRC is directly in line with the mission of the NIH in its quest to advance the understanding of nonhuman and human biology with the specific purpose of improving the health of living beings. The WaNPRC strives to create a research environment that promotes diversity and inclusion within an innovative, yet well-established program for advancement of scientific discoveries and their application for improving the quality of life. 

There are approximately 150 staff employees, 18 core scientists and over 30 affiliate scientists within the WaNPRC. All center scientists have primary appointments as faculty in UW academic units and/or collaborative research institutes. The overall budget for the center totaled approximately $26 million in FY2019. Primate Center operations are supported principally by a five-year core grant from the NIH Office of Research Infrasructure Programs (ORIP), which is due to expire on April 30, 2022. The center staff support general administrative, animal care and research support operations, pre- and post-award grants management, as well as information technology systems management activities.

The center has an Animal Resources Division that ensures care and welfare of the animals, supports the Macaca nemestrina breeding colony to ensure availability of characterized NHPs of this species, and provides technical research support to provide a foundation for scientifically and ethically justified research. The Animal Resource Division receives financial support from the P51 base grant, a U42 breeding colony grant, and a program income core.

Center Scientific Divisions
The WaNPRC conducts basic and applied biomedical research in its four divisions: Global Programs, Infectious Diseases and Translational Medicine (IDTM),  Gene Therapy and Regenerative Medicine (GTRM) and Neuroscience.

GLOBAL PROGRAMS
The Global Programs Division has promoted international collaboration and field-based studies of NHPs for nearly 30 years. During the time, the Division initiated the WaNPRC’s numerous internationally-based collaborative programs in Nepal, China, Bangladesh, Thailand, Mexico, India, and Laos, in addition to the long-standing programs in Indonesia. The Division has served as a model within the overall network of National Primate Research Centers and has been a source of efficient acquisition of primates and primate-related resources for investigators sponsored by NIH and other funding sources. Its programs focus broadly on the human-primate interface, addressing the issues of conservation biology and global health. More current issues addressing native habitat conservation reflects a broader understanding of the push to facilitate collaborative study of NHPs and other species within native habitat to more effectively combat zoonotic pathogen transmission. Thus the work of the division reflects a broad scientific paradigm that includes complementary work from the field – “bush-to-bench-to bedside.”

INFECTIOUS DISEASES AND TRANSLATIONAL MEDICINE (IDTM)
The IDTM Division provides the WaNPRC and all national research entities with expertise and resources for the use of NHPs in infectious disease research. Importantly, the WaNPRC and the greater Seattle biomedical research community are significant leaders in HIV-AIDS research. The IDTM Division has also played a leading role in understanding maternal-fetal viral transmission, introducing a model for Zika virus infection, and animal models for malaria and other mosquito-borne infectious diseases. Most recently, in our nation’s goal to develop an effective Covid-19 vaccine, the combined efforts of IDTM and GTRM scientists, using NHP and other animal models, are providing essential preclinical testing for product development.  Transformative discoveries from COVID-19 vaccine development will undoubtedly advance other aspects of viral research and disease prevention.

GENE THERAPY AND REGENERATIVE MEDICINE(GTRM)
The Gene Therapy and Regenerative Medicine (GTRM) Division is integrally involved in the field of gene modification to advance human health using novel gene therapy?and genome editing technologies. These tools have enormous potential for treating cancer, inherited genetic diseases and acquired infectious diseases. The GTRM Division Core and affiliate scientists are international leaders in the development of stem cell-based therapies and gene therapy approaches. The GTRM Division integrates genome editing and stem cell biology expertise with a wealth of discovery resources and experienced personnel found within the?WaNPRC. Current Division activities include an emphasis on hematopoietic stem cell therapy for cancer, HIV, genetic diseases (Fanconi anemia, severe combined immunodeficiency, and hemoglobinopathies) and the use of stem cells to regenerate the heart after myocardial injury. The GTRM Division is an international resource for these pivotal research studies.?

NEUROSCIENCE DIVISION
The Neuroscience Division focuses on advancing scientific understanding of the human nervous system through the use of NHP models. The Division consists of eight Core and eleven affiliate scientists with expertise in motor control, vision, memory, learning, and cognition. Major strengths of the Neuroscience Division include its extensive and productive collaborations, the methodological and thematic integration of research across laboratories, and ongoing development of innovative technologies for neurophysiological recording and stimulation to extend the utility of the NHP model for neuroscientific investigation. Members of the Division of Neuroscience serve as a resource for colleagues throughout the world, sharing software, reagents, data, and expertise with behavioral training, surgery, and data analytic techniques. Through service on local and national review panels, study sections, editorial boards, conference organizing committees, and through teaching and training of students and postdoctoral fellows, the Neuroscience Division serves as a focal point of a large, vibrant research community on the UW campus.

University of Washington
The UW’s three campuses (Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell) offer more than 636 degree options, across 312 programs, to nearly 60,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Recognized as one of the world’s preeminent public universities, the UW receives more federal research dollars than any other U.S. public university and in FY20 it received $1.63 billion in total research awards. With an annual budget of $8.25 billion, the UW employs more than 4,300 faculty and nearly 27,000 staff that manage its instructional, research and service activities.  UW campus facilities, including the vibrant South Lake Union hub, provide a modern infrastructure that is essential for cutting-edge research, such as that spearheaded by WANPRC investigators.

Located only a few miles from the downtown core, and easily accessible by light rail, bus and individual transport mechanisms, UW is at the heart of Seattle’s intellectual and spiritual vitality. Tens of thousands of students call the University District home — 72 percent of students live in campus housing or in nearby residences. The U-District, adjacent to the main campus, is an eclectic mix of historic sites, funky charm and a rapidly developing tech sector that the University fosters through support of startup companies and a strong partnership with the city and local neighborhoods.

REQUIREMENTS:


Have strong personal and professional ethics.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Any associated compliance and training unique to this position or part of WaNPRC on-going requirements, is expected to be performed.

Application Process
The Search Advisory Committee invites nominations, applications (a letter of interest, diversity statement, comprehensive curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of five or more references) to be submitted to the UW Office of Research.  With regard to the diversity statement, it should be no more than 1-page, single space, in length and should focus on leadership experiences that demonstrate an ability to promote diversity among scientists, staff, and trainees within an educational or workplace environment.

Applications or inquiries should be delivered to:

WaNPRC Director Search Advisory Committee
Office of Research, University of Washington
wanprcdirsearch@uw.edu

IN ADDITION, ALL CANDIDATES MUST ENSURE AN APPLICATION IS SUBMITTED VIA UWHIRES.

Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The Search Advisory Committee prefers that all nominations and applications be submitted prior to March 12, 2021.

The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.


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